Okay, I understand wanting to look your best on your wedding day. I do NOT, however, understand putting a feeding tube down your nose for ten days to lose that last 10-20 pounds so the dress will fit. Ever heard of having it fitted to the body you have, not the body you expect to have? After all, your partner theoretically fell in love with you as you are, not some cocked-up ideal.
I happen to think Queen Latifah is absolutely gorgeous, and has done more for the self-image of Rubenesque women than all the psychoanalysts in the world. Even the fashion world has finally acknowledged that too-skinny models are a bad thing, and now have minimum body-fat rules.
So what’s the latest “medical” import from Europe? The K-E diet involves dieters putting a feeding tube up their nose down to their stomachs for up to ten days. That’s 24 hours a day for ten days. They’re fed a constant slow drip of protein, fats and water, totaling 800 calories a day with zero carbs.
According to Dr. Oliver DiPietro of Bay Harbor Islands, FL (who makes a cool $1,500 per 10-day diet), this is a hunger-free effective way to lose weight fast. Because of the constant drip, the patient isn’t hungry for the duration (although it is critical for the patient to drink plenty of no-sugar, no carb liquids), and the composition of the drip causes body fat to burn off, leaving muscle alone. Oh, and you’re not in a hospital, you get to carry your food around in a bag. Can you imagine taking the trash to the curb or going to work with a tube up your nose?
There are people who should avoid this like the plague; anyone with kidney issues, any recent illness resulting in dehydration, heart conditions or really any kind of ill health. Plus there is the danger attendant to any rapid weight loss: it’s not going to stay off, and yo-yo body weight is more of a strain on the body’s systems than slight stable overweight.
So who are the majority of the patients flocking to this idiocy? Brides-to-be. Those ladies who think they need to drop 10-20 pounds to look perfect on their wedding day. This isn’t about those ladies who are clinically or morbidly obese; they need love and support to drop the dozens of pounds they need to lose to be healthy. No, this is about “perfection”.
Nobody’s perfect, and it is horrific that women will put their health at such a risk to lose a few pounds just so a dress fits “perfectly”. Not to mention the $1,500 price tag.